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Feature Set Ratings

  • Riak ranks higher in 1 feature set: NoSQL Databases

NoSQL Databases

8.6

Couchbase

86%
9.4

Riak

94%
Riak ranks higher in 7/7 features

Performance

8.5
85%
98 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Availability

9.2
92%
97 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Concurrency

8.7
87%
95 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Security

8.4
84%
95 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Scalability

8.7
87%
96 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Data model flexibility

8.4
84%
96 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Deployment model flexibility

8.5
85%
95 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Couchbase is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Riak is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

Couchbase

81%
101 Ratings
8.0

Riak

80%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

2.1

Couchbase

21%
3 Ratings
9.0

Riak

90%
5 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Couchbase

80%
1 Rating

Riak

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.6

Couchbase

86%
156 Ratings

Riak

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.8

Couchbase

88%
5 Ratings

Riak

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.8

Couchbase

78%
52 Ratings

Riak

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Couchbase

Best suited when edge devices have interrupted internet connection. And Couchbase provides reliable data transfer. If used for attachment Couchbase has a very poor offering. A hard limit of 20 MB is not okay. They have the best conflict resolution but not so great query language on Couchbase lite.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

Riak is very good if you need a resilient data store that can handle large amounts of documents very fast. If you have 1,000,000 documents and need to execute complex queries, it is great.Riak's SOLR engine is fast, however if you have extremely high amount of queries in a very limited time range, it can fail in a bad way.
Adam Stern | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Couchbase

  • Couchbase performance is exceptional both for in-memory and persisted transactions.
  • Handling of node failures and cluster rebalancing (high availability).
  • Enterprise support from Couchbase themselves
  • Good documentation
  • Streaming of bucket (database) level mutations via their Database Change Protocol (DCP).
  • Replication of datasets between native clients and Couchbase buckets
  • Handling of simultaneous writes to the same record with performance penalties
Jonathan Gurwitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

  • Riak is great at handling large volumes of requests. We've seen Riak perform well under large volume while keeping response times quite low.
  • Riak is also fast providing consistent sub 10ms reads in both the datacenter and cloud.
  • Flexible allowing storage of numerous data types. We heavily leverage this to store various JSON documents in a single bucket.
  • We really like the RESTful interface that is provided. Makes the learning curve almost invisible and provides a quick speed to market in using Riak.
Gerald Chenvert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Couchbase

  • The N1QL engine performs poorly compared to SQL engines due to the number of interactions needed, so if your use case involves the need for a lot of SQL-like query activity as opposed to the direct fetch of data in the form of a key/value map you may want to consider a RDBMS that has support for json data types so that you can more easily mix the use of relational and non-relational approaches to data access.
  • You have to be careful when using multiple capabilities (e.g. transactions with Sync Gateway) as you will typically run into problems where one technology may not operate correctly in combination with another.
  • There are quality problems with some newly released features, so be careful with being an early adopter unless you really need the capability. We somewhat desperately adopted the use of transactions, but went through multiple bughunt cycles with Couchbase working the kinks out.
Bob Walters | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

  • It does not have any native startup scripts in Linux.
  • Since it's built on Erlang, its a bit difficult to administer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Couchbase

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Starting Price

Riak

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Couchbase

Couchbase 2.1
Based on 3 answers
I rarely actually use Couchbase Server, I just stay up-to-date with the features that it provides. However, when the need arises for a NoSQL datastore, then I will strongly consider it as an option
Jordan Moore | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

Riak 9.0
Based on 5 answers
Right now, I'm on a project where we need databases that can run on embedded systems. Riak isn't necessarily the best fit for that scenario. But when we need a clustered database, that's where we'd start considering Riak.
Jared Holmberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Couchbase

Couchbase 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Couchbase has been quite a usable for our implementation. We had similar experience with our previous "trial" implementation, however it was short lived.
Couchbase has so far exceeded expectation. Our implementation team is more confident than ever before.
When we are Live for more than 6 months, I'm hoping to enhance this rating.
CHETHAN CHANDRA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Couchbase

Couchbase 8.6
Based on 156 answers
One of Couchbase’s greatest assets is its performance with large datasets. Properly set up with well-sized clusters, it is also highly reliable and scalable. User management could be better though, and security often feels like an afterthought. Couchbase has improved tremendously since we started using it, so I am sure that these issues will be ironed out.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Couchbase

Couchbase 8.8
Based on 5 answers
I haven't had many opportunities to request support, I will look forward to better the rating. We have technical development and integration team who reach out directly to TAM at Couchbase.
CHETHAN CHANDRA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Couchbase

When it comes to data storage solutions it generally all densely depends on requirements which have to be met. Couchbase is a great choice for enterprise projects where scaling together with possibly the highest achievable performance is mandatory. Having pricing under control is yet another Couchbase highlight if comparing with its direct competitors. Finally, it allows to avoid vendor lock-in.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

Every database has positives and negatives. Redis is very good at set operations, but not as good at executing fast queries. MongoDB is a much cheaper data store than Riak, but not as highly available and scalable. Searching Riak is also faster than searching MongoDB or Redis. Riak also scales better than MongoDB in the long run.
Adam Stern | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Couchbase

Couchbase 7.8
Based on 52 answers
So far, the way that we mange and upgrade our clusters has be very smooth. It works like a dream when we use it in concert with AWS and their EC2 machines. Having access to powerful instances along side the Couchbase interface is amazing and allows us to do rebalances or maintenance without a worry
Nevin Vorfeld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Couchbase

  • Great performance.
  • Leading Couchbase Lite capabilities for mobile use.
  • Developers' learning curve with replica reads and multi cluster can be long. Needs guidance and nurturing.
  • Cluster maintenance during OS patching, etc. has multiple ways to approach. Operational teams may need some guidance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Riak

  • Riak has been a key part of our company's build process for our client's search backend. It is valuable for is in that it provides a reliable way to view the current search index.
Jeff Peck | TrustRadius Reviewer

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